Audio Editor at Chemonics Soma Umenye LLC: (Deadline 26 October 2020)

Audio Editor at Chemonics Soma Umenye LLC: (Deadline 26 October 2020)
  • Full Time
  • Rwanda



Audio Editor at Chemonics Soma Umenye LLC: (Deadline 26 October 2020)

 Project Summary

Soma Umenye is a five-year USAID-funded activity that aims to improve reading outcomes in Kinyarwanda for at least 1 million children in public and government-aided schools in Rwanda. Covering all 30 districts of Rwanda and working in close collaboration with the Rwanda Education Boad (REB) and the Rwandan Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), Soma Umenye will contribute to Rwanda’s Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) and the Government of Rwanda’s national development priority of ensuring that Rwandan primary-grade students acquire the fundamental competency of literacy so that they can succeed in future schooling and, later, in the modern workplace. Soma Umenye aims to achieve the following two goals.

  • To improve reading outcomes in Kinyarwanda for at least 1 million children (unique direct beneficiaries) in public and government-aided schools in Rwanda by the end of P3; and
  • To ensure that at least 70 percent of P1-P3 students are able to read grade-level text with fluency and comprehension.
  • To achieve the above goals, it requires close collaboration with all education stakeholders under the technical leadership of MINEDUC and REB.

Remote Learning Overview

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Government of Rwanda closed schools as of 16th March 2020. the Government of Rwanda developed a Response Plan with a theme: Keeping the Doors Open for Learning, which is guiding learning opportunities during this period until schools re-open. In this perspective, USAID Soma Umenye developed a number of activities to support remote learning for early grade Kinyarwanda during school closures. The remote learning has two main components:  Radio program and audio/visual literacy materials.

USAID Soma Umenye has been supporting REB to design and record a series of short, radio lessons based on the P1-3 Kinyarwanda Curriculum. This is in an effort to support early grade learners in Kinyarwanda to retain the lessons received so far in Term 1 and to continue to gain new skills. Since its inception, the radio program has been extended to cover the full P1-P3 Kinyarwanda subject curriculum and will also aim to include a series of radio lessons to support the use of decodable readers in the home.

Purpose of Assignment 

The Audio Editor will support USAID Soma Umenye in the production of scripted radio lessons for REB’s remote learning program. The Audio Editor may also be needed to support the production of a pre-recorded radio program focused on how parents can support their children to engage in remote learning activities.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Produce 20-30-minute radio lessons for P1, P2, and P3 Kinyarwanda – with a target of 10 episodes per week.
  • Use approved audio identity content (intro/outro, and music tracks) in production.
  • Before using any new source music, seek approval to ensure all copyright compliance.
  • Submit produced draft lessons directly and only to Soma Umenye for quality assurance and feedback process (mp3 shared over WeTransfer or WhatsApp)
  • Integrate all feedback until a final version is validated by REB (QA and feedback process to be managed by USAID Soma Umenye).
  • Respond to deadlines set and communicate promptly on challenges faced.


  • First draft of radio lessons for internal QA.
  • Second draft of radio lessons for REB QA.
  • Final fully produced and validated Kinyarwanda radio lessons, submitted in mp3 format via WeTransfer to Soma Umenye.

 Work Modalities

The Audio Editor will be provided with the scripts, audio clips, and all musical content for the production of the radio programs.

The Audio Editor will use their own materials for editing the radio programs, including laptops and software. The Editor should be prepared to receive content to edit (sounds/audio) delivered over a variety of remote channels (email, WhatsApp, WeTransfer, etc.).

The produced radio programs shall become the product of USAID Soma Umenye and may be distributed to several radio stations, as well as posted on other channels as necessary, and as judged relevant by USAID and MINEDUC/REB.

The Audio Editor will work in close collaboration with USAID Soma Umenye’s communications team in all stages of production. Radio programs must be completed on time, each week. The Audio Editor cannot delegate work to any other individual or entity.

Payment will be based on a submitted and approved timesheet as well as completed approved deliverables.

Level of Effort (LoE): up to 40 hours per week

The LoE for this assignment is up to 40 hours per week, beginning from 1 November 2020 until 31 January 2021, focused on the delivery of the remote learning Kinyarwanda radio lessons. This LoE will be completed through remote working arrangements and requires regular communication with the Soma Umenye Communications team, under the Deputy Director of CLA, Communications, and Learning. The length of the LoE may be extended based on need.

Note that, a workweek is defined as no more than 40 hours per week from Monday to Friday. Timesheets will be submitted to the Supervisor by close of business on the 25th of each month.

Job Qualifications

  • At least a diploma in Journalism or mass communication or related fields.
  • At least two years of experience within pre-recorded radio production.
  • Mastering the use of audio editing professional software, preferably Adobe Audition.
  • Experience in radio shows production targeting children will be an added advantage.
  • Kinyarwanda native speaker with a working knowledge of English.
  • A good level of cross-cultural interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and respecting deadlines.
  • Ability to receive and implement feedback.
  • Free from all other professional responsibilities and commitments during the duration of this assignment.

Location of Assignment

Kigali, Remote working.


The Audio Editor will report directly to the Deputy Director of CLA, Communications, and Learning or her designee.

 Expected Salary: Commensurate with salary history and experience.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted

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